Denton, Texas – Denton County public health officials say the COVID-19 infection in the county is heading in the wrong direction after jumping to more than 2,000 cases in two weeks.
Public health officials also say that the rate of positive cases in Denton County has more than doubled in recent weeks.
County health officials say that over the past three weeks, the county’s rate of positivity has increased from about 11 percent to 23 percent of positive return tests, even though the county conducted fewer tests this past week.
Public health officials say the data is a growing concern with the Labor Day holiday and is getting ready to open schools back in the fall.
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Denton County Public Health Director Drs. Matt Richardson told the county commissioners on Tuesday morning that they are coping with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
“More than 2000 cases occurred in two weeks and 30 percent of our confirmed cases occurred in two weeks. This is a big leap, ”Dr. Richardson said. “For every 100 cases, about one in four, about 23.5 percent, are positive. This is a sign of very high disease transmission, and it is showing us that these cases are now exposing others to the worst of conditions. So we are concerned that this case is going to breed more cases. “
County health officials say the new cases are coming from various sources and indicate that people may not wear face masks or maintain a safe distance from others as much as possible.
“Unfortunately, the tracing results are plenty of board and domestic contacts,” Dr. Richardson said. “It is one of our biggest point sources of transmission. In some business contacts and some contacts, which are just local broadcasts we cannot indicate where a person is exposed. “
After consulting with the Attorney General’s Office, Denton County determined that local public health officials did not have the authority to order the school campuses to be closed.
Instead, county health officials only recommend that school districts delay individual classes until 8th grade based on new data.
Some districts, such as Lewisville ISD, have already announced that they will begin virtually in August and will not open for in-person learning until September.
Public health officials say they hope the delay will give schools more time to receive safety protocols.
“Teacher to teacher.” Student to teacher. Teacher to student. Dr. Richardson said all this is a possibility. “And with these additional cases and additional positivity, we are trending in such a fashion that we see too much risk.”
Denton County public health officials also say that COVID-19 cases between the ages of 0 and 19 increased from 14 to 165 since the week of Memorial Day. Part of the concern is, although children are not seriously affected by the virus, they can spread it to others at home or in the community.
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